The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) is a legal institution with lawyers and researchers working on defending freedom of expression in Egypt and the Arab world.
ANHRI wanted to show how despite an anti-protest law being introduced in Egypt in 2013, Egyptians still take to the streets to voice their opinions. They brought several narrative reports and a dataset on the crackdown on protests and demonstrations by the authorities since the start of the Arab spring to the workshop.
By the end of the workshop the ANHRI team produced a prototype for an interactive website featuring a data visualisation of their collected data.
The website starts with an introduction about Tahrir Square and the protests happening in Egypt with a choice for further investigation of the topic for users who are unfamiliar with these protests. The purpose of these two images are to juxtapose the freedom of Egyptians to protest in 2011 compared with the banning of protests in 2013. This backdrop also sets up Tahrir Square (which is actually circular) as a point of visual inspiration.
For users who want to explore more about the history of Egyptian protests, they can click through to this page highlighting important events throughout history that they can explore further by clicking ‘more’.
A short sentence that further contextualises the site and an introduction to the colour scheme that will be used throughout.
The groups of protesters are then introduced with a short description, their slogan, and their corresponding colour. The idea is to set up a visual language that the user becomes familiar with as they navigate through the site.
This visual shows all protests for any chosen year. Each circle represents a single clickable protest. On the right, the user can use the filters to change how the data is displayed. This exploratory method of visualisation allows the user to find their own stories within the data.